For immediate release, Jan. 31, 2008, Observer and Post-Journal 
– by fax: 664-3119, 366-3005
Contact:   WSTBO president John Monaco at 679-2313      

Chautuaqua County Building Officials to Provide Training on Energy Codes and New Building Technology

On February 14, the building and zoning code enforcement officers for the 27 towns, 15 villages, and 2 cities in ChautauquaCounty, and nearby parts of ErieCounty and CattaraugusCounty, will host a total of 6 hours of training entitled “Energy Code Update – What You Really Need to Know” and “Codes and New Technologies – Building the Partnership.”

The training will be at the county fire training facilities in Mayville.  Sign-up forms are available at the building officials’ new website, www.wstbo.com. The training will be conducted by Michael DeWein, a certified trainer from the Codes Division of the New York Department of State.  The training was organized by Melanie Eddy, the code enforcement officer for the Town ofHarmony and several other towns, and she also is the Education Program Chair of WSTBO.

Western Southern Tier Building Officials (WSTBO) is the association of professionals working together to promote properly built residential and commercial structures, uniform enforcement of uniform codes, and to provide educational programs on codes and code enforcement in the southwesterly region of New YorkState.

WSTBO’s mission is to enhance leadership and consistency in the understanding, application, and enforcement of building codes and zoning codes – so that the residents in and near ChautauquaCounty enjoy safe and thriving communities.

Regular business is conducted at lunchtime meetings on the second Thursday of every month, alternating between the Fredonia and Jamestownareas.  Education programs, usually for continuing education credits, are scheduled around regular meetings or at special evening meetings.   

To receive required state certification as a code enforcement officer, each member has received 5 weeks of initial training and testing by the New York State Codes Division of the Department of State.  To continue to be certified, each enforcement officer must receive an additional week of qualified training every year.

WSTBO is the region's affiliated member of NYSBOC and ICC, the New York State Building Officials' Conference and the International Code Council. Membership is open to all code enforcement officers and design professionals, and to everyone interested in code issues.

At their first monthly meeting of 2008, the Western Southern Tier Building Officials (WSTBO) received recognition from the International Code Council (ICC) for “dedication to enhancing public safety through the promotion of effective administration and enforcement of building regulations.”

ICC vice president for state and local government relations, Dorothy Harris, presented an award plaque to WSTBO president John Monaco, Fredonia’s chief inspection officer.  In addition to WSTBO members – who are the code enforcement officers for the cities, villages, and towns in and nearChautauquaCounty – codes division officials of New York’s Department of State were present.

WSTBO officers for 2008 are president John Monaco, vice president Chuck LaBarbera of the Town of Evans and Village of Angola, secretary and web administrator Randy J. Woodbury of the Town of Ellicott, and treasurer Allan Zurawski of the City of Dunkirk.  Melanie Eddy, of Harmony and Ripley and several other towns, is the chair for WSTBO educational programs.

Association information, with membership and education program forms, and a public forum on codes are online at wstbo.com.  Openings remain for the special training on energy-saving codes and on new building technologies that is scheduled by WSTBO for February 14, to be taught by state officials, and to provide 6 hours of continuing education credits.

The new WSTBO website is still a work in progress.  Each local government should check to be sure their enforcement officers are correctly listed and that their state certification requirements are current.  Code enforcement officers enforce the New York State Uniform Fire Protection and Building Code, which became compulsory statewide in 1984 and which was re-written as part of the International Building Code in 2003.

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